Visitor reviews for Cerro Bayo Ski Resort
September 05, 2011
Gonzalo P from Argentina
I'm in Villa La Angostura now, so this is the real thing: cerrobayoweb.com says "powder snow, great ski this Monday" - For today September 5th, 2011. It is closed!
If you have kids, ski school is closed for the season though we asked by phone if it were open before coming. Be careful with this place. It is our 3rd visit to this place -it is very nice indeed but it is also the 2nd time this happens. The last time was in 2005 when I had to teach my kids to ski myself, ruining my season. It was also risky, I wouldn't do it again. Cerro Bayo is very nice, but be very careful, its operators lie.
Cerro Bayo Ratings
Overall: 3.2. Based on 43 votes and 44 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Cerro Bayo.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Cerro Bayo, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Cerro Bayo, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Cerro Bayo.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Cerro Bayo, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Cerro Bayo is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Cerro Bayo relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Cerro Bayo, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Cerro Bayo are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Cerro Bayo is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Cerro Bayo, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 2.8
(1) Cerro Bayo usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.6
(1) The staff at Cerro Bayo are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Cerro Bayo are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.6
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Cerro Bayo has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Cerro Bayo, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Cerro Bayo, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Cerro Bayo, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Cerro Bayo has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.9
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 2.6
(1) Overall, Cerro Bayo is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.0
(1) Overall, Cerro Bayo is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
September 30, 2010
Federico Rietti from Italy
I'll never forget what a beautiful ski resort is Cerro Bayo! It's not a so modern resort as Catedral is, but trails are perfect for all skiers levels and is possible to ski without waiting more than half an hour at the lifts. The landscape is a dream, people is friendly and I spent there my 3 best days in Argentina!
August 27, 2010
Patrick G from United States
Cerro Bayo is an excellent ski resort in Argentina. It was suffering from rain and poor snow when I went there in August. I skied across a small stream and some muddy areas to access the lifts at the bottom. It then proceeded to snow meters in days. One day raining sopping wet, the next day excellent powder skiing conditions, the next super heavy deep snow. Very variable in my experience. Smaller hill with lift accessible steeper terrain and some great off-piste which was closed during my stay there. Great people working at the mountain, some good tree skiing and overall not very crowded which is a plus at any ski hill. Cerro Bayo´s road to the mountain is a kidney pounder much like the road to Chapelco in San Martin de Los Andes. The town near Bayo is excellent in the winter if you don´t want to mess with crowds and are looking for a laid back mountain this is it. Messidor Tourismo is the service I used for shuttles and passes to the mountain. Puerto Manzano has a wide variety of options of lodging near the mountain with a bus that runs to El Cruce for fifty cents one way. Access to nearby Bosque Arrayanes is a must do if you have more than a few days.
December 07, 2009
Mark Cervantes from Argentina
I just wanted to reach out and thank all the people that have been contacting us in regards to this Cerro Bayo and all the others we have first hand knowledge about. Fabio in the US mentioned us a couple of months ago and we have already helped several people plan sick vacations for next year in Patagonia. If you want info on the Cerro Bayo or any of these resorts contact us at email@example.com or visit our site soon.
We ski them all and love telling people how to best enjoy them. I am packing the car and headed to mountains so perhaps we will meet along the way !! Bring on the freshies...
September 27, 2009
Fabio from United States
I am doing research for a South American ski vacation and just spoke to one of the most real and fully informed guys I have encountered yet.
The group is called Tours Through Argentina. However, they are still building theiar business and website but have the info down. I spoke to a guy named Mark who owns a bar/restaurant in Cerro Bayo and he gave me the real deal information I was looking for. I would recommend this 'soon to be fully establish' company and Mark to anyone wanting honest answers.
Good luck finding the great powder stashes all over South America.
August 06, 2008
Phil Smith Snoworks All Mountain Ski Courses from United Kingdom
Villa Angustura is a picturesque village nestled at the side of Lake Lake Nahuel Huapi. We stay at the most amazing hotel in the forest right on the banks of the lake and it’s one of the most popular places in our South American itinerary.
The ski resort itself, Cerro Bayo, is tiny but if you’re experienced off-piste it’s definitely worth a visit. We have the resort as part of our Snoworks Chile and Argentina Adventure trip and our guests love it.
You have the main ski lift from the bottom which serves a blue/red run. It’s a great easy run for cruising and having a blast or warming up. To access the off-piste you need to take the top lift. This had been out of service for a couple of years so some of us skinned up and the other hiked. When this lift is working you can take a short hike (30 minutes) to a summit and from here there are some great off-piste routes back down. You have to pull back around towards the ski resort to get back to the lifts. We ended up doing circuits here all day long. If you want to skin further afield the possibilities are endless.
From a safety point don’t head off-piste unless your kitted up, experienced and with instructors or guides. We have our own instructors and all our own safety equipment. If you want more information on this ski area check out our Snoworks website and South American Ski Adventures. Phil Smith Snoworks All Mountain Ski Courses.